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Showcase Scotland and Help Musicians UK Artists Day at Celtic Connections

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As part of the 25th anniversary Celtic Connections festival, Showcase Scotland are teaming up with Help Musicians UK to present a day of panels and information sessions on January 31, for Scottish artists looking to maximise their international careers.

Leading figures from the Scottish, UK and international music industries have agreed to lend their expertise to the panels, offering invaluable insights for artists touring from Scotland.



January 31, 2018 - Schedule

City Halls, Glasgow

1000 Registration Opens

Coffee available on arrival.

1100 Welcome from Showcase Scotland and Help Musicians UK

1130 AROUND THE GLOBE

Hear from some of the world’s leading festival directors about their events, what they look for in an artist, and their tips on how best to secure a show. With Jun Lin Yeoh (Rainforest World Music Festival), Dawn Beaton (Celtic Colours International Festival), Bev Burton (Cambridge Folk Festival / Killer B Music) Lisa Schwartz (Philadelphia Folk Festival) and Lisardo Lombardia (Festival Interceltique de Lorient)

Facilitator: Jo Frost (editor, Songlines).

1230 Lunch - Soup and sandwiches, served in the Scottish Music Centre

1315 SURVIVING THE LONG HAUL

Self employment on a labour of love and life on the road are tough. Hear from musicians Ross Ainslie and Mischa Macpherson on how they have dealt with and worked through some of the pressures that often come with being a musician - and learn about Help Musicians UK’s 24/7 mental health support line, Music Minds Matter.

Facilitator: Joe Hastings (Health and Welfare Manager, Help Musicians UK)

1400 DIVERSIFYING YOUR INCOME

Find out how to maximise your revenue, beyond live performance fees. Hear how you can ensure you are receiving full digital royalties, as well as the realities of funding options in 2018, with representatives from Absilone (Paris) and Help Musicians UK.

1600 SHOWCASE SCOTLAND CIVIC RECEPTION

Join the opening reception of Showcase Scotland 2018, hosted by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, in Glasgow City Chambers. The first event of the Showcase Scotland programme, this is an ideal opportunity to meet some of the 200 international delegates (largely festival and event buyers and programmers) who are in town for the conference.

RSVP HERE https://civicreception2018.eventbrite.co.uk

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?

Whilst the folk sector in Scotland is a hugely successful and, for many, fruitful one - so too is it drastically understaffed by comparison to other genres. Festivals and audiences are in abundance, and there is an ever growing international interest in the music Scotland is producing, yet there is a significant lack of professional infrastructure to support and fully develop artists’ careers. The agencies we have are working at capacity, and there are next to no artist managers - and, as such, many musicians and groups are self-represented or self-managed. With those duties alongside a live career, many are often stretched too thin across a number of disciplines in order to fully maximise their opportunities.

It is for these reasons that Showcase Scotland exists - to bring the world’s folk music industry to Glasgow, to connect with our artists and industry. The 2018 Artists Day will go one step further, offering discussions and insights into many of the key issues and practices in the music business, instilling a greater understanding of both the wider scene and support networks available to artists.

WHAT’S THE CATCH?

No catch - we’re here to help. Thanks to Help Musicians UK, Celtic Connections and the Scottish Music Centre, the event is free to attend - though we do ask you to register and confirm attendance, so that we can manage numbers.

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